TeamHealth is expanding and that means more jobs are coming to Alcoa.
The Blount Partnership took advantage of a packed house at the Clayton Center for the Arts at the Business Excellence Awards breakfast to make the announcement. Joe Carman, chief administrative officer with TeamHealth, said the company will expand its corporate operations by leasing a new facility to be constructed at Base Pointe Business Center off Topside Road in Alcoa.
The project developers will invest nearly $18 million and create 160 full-time jobs, with the anticipation of growing to 550 jobs in management, accounting, medical coding, billing and clerical.
“I want to announce that TeamHealth is planning to expand operations at the existing facility, which employs 400 people. We’ll be creating a couple hundred new jobs now and eventually several hundred more,” Carman said.
Carman said TeamHealth is a national company and could have opened operations anywhere, but chose to expand their business in Blount County. “The Alcoa facility is a top performing location. We’ve got hard-working employees who have contributed to our success.”
Carman said the company headquarters is in Knoxville. “From the first, it made sense for our expansion to be nearby and associated with an existing facility. We looked at a few places, and it did not take long to decide to expand here,” he said.
Carman said there were opportunities in other states but building near the headquarters has advantages. “It’s nice to be near the expansion to keep an eye on things, and this way we can better support the expansion,” he said.
Carman said Randy Massey of Massey Electric and Joe Zappa of Joseph Construction were instrumental in making the project come together. “They really expedited the process,” he said. “The speed with which were able to approve this expansion was incredible.”
Carman said expansions like this are only made possible through the coordination and cooperation among many on the state and local levels, including Blount Partnership president and CEO Bryan Daniels, Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell, City of Alcoa Mayor Don Mull and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “We are happy to keep our business in Blount County and hope to continue to help Blount County grow as a solid place to work and live,” Carman said.
Blount County has committed to improving the roadways on Topside Road and Wrights Ferry Road just off the Pellissippi Parkway (Exit 9 on I-140) to accommodate increased traffic flow.
“The Blount Partnership is excited about this fantastic opportunity for Blount County and the Innovation Valley Region,” Daniels said. “The past 12 months have been a very prosperous time for our community’s economic development programs with $100 million in new capital investments to go along with 960 announced jobs. These achievements would not be possible without the support of Blount County government, the City of Alcoa, the City of Maryville, the volunteers in the Blount Partnership’s Boards and the regional support of the Innovation Valley partners.”
Mull said having an organization like TeamHealth choose to expand in this area really speaks to the quality of life here and the solid business community. “We appreciate the hard work of the Blount Partnership to pull all the parts together to make this expansion occur,” Mull said.
Dr. Matt Murray, chair of the Economic Development Board of Blount County, said this is a substantial commitment by TeamHealth. “We are happy that the company has decided to continue to make Alcoa its home,” Murray said. “With their retention, it only lends credence to the knowledge that Blount County is a solid place for continued development.”
Mayor Mitchell said he was pleased with TeamHealth’s decision. “We are really thrilled about this expansion effort by TeamHealth, and its commitment to this community with continued job growth,” Mitchell said. “The economic impact will be felt for years to come and can only open the door for similar entities to consider this thriving area.”
Greg Wilson, chair of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, praised government leaders for lending their support and doing the things necessary to make this project happen. “I would also like to thank TeamHealth for its continued backing of the local economy and choosing to stay in Blount County,” Wilson said.
Initial hiring and construction on the 25,000 square foot building is set to begin this fall and is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2012.
In a press release, Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty praised TeamHealth’s commitment to and investment in Blount County.
“We will continue to focus on creating a business climate that gives companies the confidence to invest and create jobs as we work toward becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Haslam said.
Hagerty said under the governor’s Jobs4TN plan, his department is committed to helping existing Tennessee businesses expand and remain competitive in our state. “This investment represents the types of high-skilled jobs that Tennessee needs to grow our economy,” he said.
Founded in 1979, TeamHealth has six principal service lines located in 13 regional sites. TeamHealth provides emergency medicine, anesthesiology, hospital medicine and pediatric staffing and management services to more than 700 civilian and military hospitals, clinics and physician groups in 45 states. TeamHealth has provided the emergency department physician services at Blount Memorial Hospital for 25 years.